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Your Complete Guide to Achilles Tendonitis

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Although your achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body, it is still prone to inflammation. Here are some of the signs, causes, and treatments of Achilles Tendonitis, and how our NYC podiatrists are using telemedicine services to help you maintain optimal foot and ankle health during COVID-19.


The Achilles Tendon is the largest and strongest bone in the body. You use it all the time when you walk, go up and down stairs, run and jump. While this tendon is able to withstand great stresses during such activities, it is still prone to inflammation.

Some of the most common causes of Achilles Tendonitis include:

  • Overuse of the tendon and sudden increase of repetitive activity, such as running or jumping.
  • Training or exercising while wearing inappropriate footwear.
  • Having poor exercise techniques
  • Making a sudden change to your workout program, such as rapidly increasing the intensity of your training and how often you train.
  • Training on hard or sloped surfaces.

Such activities can put excessive strain on the tendon, leading to the irritation of the tendon fibres, which may result in Achilles tendonitis.


Our NYC Podiatrists Can Help Resolve Any Foot/Ankle Issues Quickly Using Telemedicine Services

In order to best serve our patients during this time of social distancing, we have introduced To Healthy Feet Podiatry’s Virtual Medical Clinic. This telemedicine platform allows our NYC foot doctors to provide you with comprehensive foot care right from the safety of your own home.

Whether you require treatment for an issue such as Achilles Tendonitis, or you want to begin preparing for a foot surgery, such as a bunion surgery, our podiatrists are on hand to provide you with all the information and treatment advice you require.

VIRTUAL FOOT CARE AND TELEMEDICINE SERVICES IN NYC


Signs and Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is an acute, inflammatory injury of the Achilles tendon that commonly affects athletes, especially runners, and those who play sports that require a lot of starting and stopping, such as tennis.

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis include:

  • Pain that worsens with activity.
  • Mild swelling, redness, and warmth over the Achilles tendon.
  • Morning stiffness in the heel and calf that eases when the leg and ankle is stretched.
  • Difficulty walking.
  • Pain in the back of the ankle and heel.

ACHILLES TENDONITIS TREATMENT IN NYC


How is Achilles Tendonitis Treated?

As soon as you notice any pain, it’s important to remember RICE: Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate. If the pain doesn’t get better within 2-3 days, then you should book a virtual consultation with our NYC podiatrist.

HOW TO BOOK A VIRTUAL CONSULTATION WITH OUR FOOT DOCTOR


Depending on your particular situation, treatment of Achilles Tendonitis could include:

  • Heel lifts inside the sneakers to take away any tension on the tendon.
  • A brace or other device to help rest your foot/ankle and limit excess movement.
  • Physical therapy to help with the pain and swelling, and to strengthen the tendon once it has healed.


Custom Orthotics

For more long-term support, custom orthotics (shoe inserts) can also be made to help prevent the problem from returning.

CUSTOM ORTHOTICS AT OUR NYC FOOT CLINIC


Our NYC Podiatrists Can Help Resolve Your Foot/Ankle Issues Fast Using Telemedicine Services

To find out more about our telemedicine services and virtual foot clinic, and how our NYC foot doctors can use this platform to help you manage any foot/ankle problems, or plan a future bunion surgery, right from the safety of your own home, contact us at 917-398-3668 or book a virtual consultation.

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